2008-09Regular SeasonRound 1
October 23, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALACIO VISTALEGRE
Felipe Reyes - Real MadridReal Madrid confirmed its status as one of the teams to beat in the 2008-09 Euroleague by thrashing Panionios On Telecoms 87-66 in the Spanish capital in Group D on Thursday. Madrid faces Partizan in Belgrade, Serbia, next week, while Panionios welcomes Euroleague defending champion CSKA Moscow. Quinton Hosley paced the winners with 17 points. Felipe Reyes added 16 in just 17 minutes while Jeremiah Massey had 10 for Madrid. Goran Nikolic and Ioannis Georgalis each had 12 points and Levon Kendall had 10 for the guests. Hosley and Reyes combined for 17 points in the opening quarter to give Madrid a 26-21 edge after 10 minutes. Panionios used a 0-7 run to get a brief 28-29 edge, but Reyes and Sergio Llull stepped up to help Madrid regain a safe 44-37 halftime margin. Madrid improved its defense after the break and got its frontcourt involved to break the game open, 63-47, late in the third quarter, enough for the hosts to cruise to a well-deserved win.

Levon Kendall - Panionios OT The game off to a slow, physical start, which Reyes took advantage of to draw a foul and score from the line. Nikolic had some early confidence scoring inside and from beyond the arc to give Panionios a 3-7 advantage. Pepe Sanchez soon took control of the Madrid offense, setting up Axel Hervelle and Reyes as the hosts tied the game. And a basket-plus-foul – Lonny Baxter’s second in less than five minutes – on the offensive glass by Reyes pushed Madrid in front, 10-8. A Baxter slam evened the score and the two big men traded baskets once more before Hosely’s three-point play started to get Madrid rolling. Hosley and Hervelle turned a broken play into a basket and Hosely followed with a steal and a layup to push the hosts’ cushion to 20-13. Georgallis answered from downtown only to see a Sanchez-to-Hosley alley-oop get the home crown involved. Panionios didn’t take notice and a Nikolic three and a basket by Yanis Giannoulis narrowed the gap before Jeremiah Massey’s first basket made it 26-21 after 10 minutes.

Ioannis Kalampokis and Georgallis set the stage for Kendall, who scored twice from close range to put Panionios ahead 28-29. Llull and Raul Lopez answered with threes that kept the momentum white. Kendall scored again to make it 36-33, however that’s when Madrid made its move. Reyes free throws started an 8-0 run that put the hosts up 11. A Llull slam and a Hosley layup with a minute left till halftime pushed Panionios to the wall. But the visitors kept their composure as baskets by Nikolic and Aaron Miles allowed Panionios to stay within 44-37 at the halftime break.

Like in the first half, the teams took time to feel each other out early in the third quarter. Louis Bullock’s runner and a Massey baskey off a spin move put Madrid up 11 again. Nikolic scored Panionos’s first points of the half after nearly three minutes only to see a Reyes basket-plus-foul – Baxter’s fourth! – push the lead to 51-39. Another Bullock bucket and Reyes free throws capped an 11-2 start to the period and put Madrid firmly in control. After a Panionos timeout, Kalampokis took over with a huge three-pointer and Branko Cvetkovic added a layup-plus-foul to give Panionios some hope at 57-45. Lazaros Papadopoulos scored inside and then followed Massey's follow-up layup with a big dunk that gave the hosts a 63-47 lead. Sanchez took over with a driving layup and soon added free throws and even when Miroslav Raicevic beat the buzzer with a layup, it only brought Panionios within 67-52 after 30 minutes.

Hosley showed his physical skills with a power layup early in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Panionios needed a quick comeback to get back in the game, but it didn't happen, as the guests struggled to score for more than three minutes. Llull fired in one from downtown, making Panionios call timeout at 72-52 with six minutes to go. The outcome was already clear, but both teams kept working hard to have the best situation in multiple-tie situations. Georgalis scored in penetration and Miles added a floating layup, but Lopez answered with a three-pointer to seal the outcome. Venson Hamilton was welcomed with a standing ovation in his first Euroleague game in almost a year. Bullock also his from downtown, Hosley added a monster dunk and Javier Perez found his first Euroleague points to round a perfect night for Madrid in its Euroleague opener.

Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Referees: PUKL,SASA; VYKLICKY, ROBERT; MARICIC,SASA
Attendance: 0
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Real Madrid26182320
Panionios On Telecoms21161514
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Real Madrid26446787
Panionios On Telecoms21375266
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 SANCHEZ, PEPE 17:36 4 1/1   2/2   3 3 5 1         2 15
7 HOSLEY, QUINTON 24:39 17 7/9 0/2 3/4 1 2 3 2 1 2     3 4 17
8 PEREZ, JAVIER 1:45 2 1/1       1 1               3
9 REYES, FELIPE 17:26 16 6/9   4/7 1 5 6   1 1     3 6 19
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 17:29 6 3/4     3 3 6           1 1 11
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 12:29   0/1 0/3     1 1 2 1 4     3 1 -6
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 20:48 7 1/3 1/4 2/3 3 2 5   2 1     1 5 11
21 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 20:03 10 4/5   2/2 1   1 1 1       1 1 12
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 29:31 9 3/4 1/5     2 2 1 1       2 2 8
23 LLULL, SERGIO 22:40 8 1/2 2/4   1 2 3 2 1       1 1 11
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 10:29 8 0/1 2/2 2/2   1 1 2 1 3       2 10
43 HAMILTON, VENSON 5:05   0/2     1   1 1     1   1    
Team             1 1   2           3
Totals 200:00 87 27/42 6/20 15/20 11 23 34 16 12 11 1 0 16 25 114
        64.3% 30% 75%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Panionios On Telecoms
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 15:57 4 1/2 0/1 2/2 2 2 4 2 1       4 1 6
5 CVETKOVIC, BRANKO 13:48 5 1/1 0/1 3/5 1 1 2   1 4     5 4  
7 GEORGALLIS, IOANNIS 25:36 12 2/4 2/3 2/2 1 2 3 1   4     2 3 10
9 PARAGYIOS, MICHAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 KALAMPOKIS, GIANNIS 26:44 5 1/2 1/2   2   2 3 1 2     4 2 5
11 MILES, AARON 34:37 8 3/8 0/2 2/4   4 4 5 3 2       2 11
12 RAICEVIC, MIROSLAV 4:33 2 1/1                     1   1
14 KENDALL, LEVON 20:42 10 5/8 0/1   1 5 6     1     2   9
15 GIANNOULIS, YANNIS 14:12 4 1/2   2/3   1 1 1   2     1 3 4
16 KANONIDIS, ANDREAS 3:18   0/1 0/1   1   1         1     -2
17 NIKOLIC, GORAN 25:44 12 3/5 2/4     2 2       1   1 1 11
18 BAXTER, LONNY 14:49 4 2/4       2 2   1 1     5   -1
Team             1 1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 66 20/38 5/15 11/16 8 20 28 12 7 18 1 1 25 16 53
        52.6% 33.3% 68.8%
Head coach: TRIFUNOVIC, ALEKSANDAR

Head Coaches

PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"I am happy with this win, especially because we wanted to keep our intensity against a team like Panionios On Telecoms, which had not played the Euroleague for a long time and that came with high motivation to this game. I liked their three backcourt players, who are very different, so that each of them can set a different game rhythm. I have to highlight that Raul Lopez and Venson Hamilton are back in the team. Venson is once again one of us. Going back to the game, I am satisfied because my team managed to stay focused all game long and not only managed to keep its margin, but extended it to seal the outcome."
TRIFUNOVIC, ALEKSANDAR
Panionios On Telecoms
"First off, I would like to congratulate Real Madrid for this win, I think it was a well-deserved one. We hope that we use this loss as a lesson that allows us to reach higher in the Euroleague. I hoped my team to play a little bit better that we missed our injured players. We did not play well in transition and committed too many turnovers. We were not focused in the second half, allowing Madrid to seal the outcome."

Players

MASSEY, JEREMIAH
Real Madrid
"We played really well tonight. I feel good about the way I played, and also with the fact that we are doing better and better. We hope to keep on working in the right direction to play good basketball. If we keep playing like this, we will deserve to win more important games."
HOSLEY, QUINTON
Real Madrid
"We had a very good game tonight and I am happy, especially because we keep playing better every week. We managed to be really solid tonight. I am happy with the way I played tonight, especially because my last two games in Madrid have been good. We have to carry on improving and try to be readu for the tough opponents we still have to face."
KENDALL, LEVON
Panionios On Telecoms
"It was a good game. We did a good work in the first half but I think that physically we did not play at the same after the break. They managed to run the break and it is true that they have a really deep roster. It is tough to beat Madrid in its home court. We comitted some key turnovers. Even with that, I think this has been a good lesson for us, but we have to carry on working to face our other opponents in this group."
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